Project information

Youth Options Time Out

Time Out enables young people living in care (CLA) to engage in a range of opportunities that allow them to move their lives forward. The programme supports these young people to build positive relationships with adults, undertake accredited learning, succeed and increase self-confidence.

One year per cohort

Charity information

Youth Options

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  • Need


    Young people in care have significantly lower outcomes than their peers. In 2011 only 13.2% achieved 5+ A*- C GCSEs including English and Maths (58.3% others), 17.5% CLA school leavers were not in education, employment or training (6.3% others), and this rises to 29% of care leavers at the age of 19. In the same period 22% of these young people were in 2 different placements, and 10% were in 3 or more placements. They also struggle to build positive relationships with adults.


    Time Out provides 4 residential weekends for 4 separate groups of young people in care (60 in total). They are given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities including sports, physical activities, arts & crafts, and cultural visits. Through these activities young people engage in informal learning, & gain nationally recognised accreditations, increasing their self-confidence & engagement with education. The weekends provide respite care for carers so reducing placement breakdown.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase self-confidence in young people in care


    » Deliver 4 weekend residentials per group per year
    » Provide a range of engaging activities in each residential

    Success will be measured by collecting baseline data and measuring progress against this, and also through young people's self-evaluations.

    Aim 2

    Young people in care gain accreditations


    » Register with accreditation board
    » Engage young people in accredited learning
    » Ensure paperwork complete for accreditation

    Success will be demonstrated through the certificates gained by young people.

    Aim 3

    Reduce likelihood of placement breakdown


    » Deliver 4 weekend residentials per group per year

    Success will be demonstrated through Foster Carer's evaluations.

  • Impact


    Time Out will increase the engagement of young people involved with their own education, and reduce the likelihood of them becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) on leaving school, and by the age of 19. We will monitor this through continued contact with those involved in the project, and then compare their situation to the local statistics for Looked After Children.


    There is a risk that young people do not engage with the programme, but we have ensured that the staff on the programme are skilled in engaging with young people with complex issues, and have built our programme around the needs and wishes of those involved.


    Donors to this project will receive quarterly reports detailing activities undertaken and the feedback from those involved including carers. Information will be included about how young people feel they are progressing. The report will also show the number of accreditations achieved by young people.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £62,497

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      Amount Heading Description
      £39,605 Staffing 2 full time salaries
      £6,400 Venue Hire For 16 residentials
      £10,252 Programme Activities, provisions, accreditation costs for 60 young people
      £6,240 Vehicles Minibus & van costs for 16 residentials

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Southampton City Council £55,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Time Out is located in Southampton, a city of approximately 240,000 inhabitants, which has increased by 4.6% since 2006 making it the 3rd most densely populated city after Portsmouth & London. It is ranked 81/326 on a deprivation list of Local Authorities, and 27.5% of children in the city live in poverty. Southampton residents earn only 86% of the annual income for the Southampton workforce as a whole.


    The beneficiaries of Time Out will be 60 referred Looked After Children, i.e. children living in care. They will be between 10 and 18 years of age and living in Southampton. The project will also benefit the Foster Carers ensuring they get some respite from the often stressful job of looking after young people with complex needs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Youth Options is a charity with 75 years experience working with young people in a variety of settings. We are experienced in working with young people with complex needs including Looked After Children. Our staff are skilled in building relationships with these young people, encouraging them, increasing their self-confidence and raising their aspirations. We have significant success in engaging young people with learning including achieving accreditations.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sam Stokes

    Sam is a Youth Support Worker

    Mike Wiley

    Mike is a Youth Support Worker